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Natural Bridges State Beach

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Tide Pools

not only is the Natural Bridges State Beach beautiful in its own right, but watch the tide chart... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Monarchs and egrets and owls -- oh, my

This is a beautiful destination anytime, but especially compelling when the Monarchs fill the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Laurie H
Sacramento, California
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A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park.
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2531 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-6257
+1 831-423-4609
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Reviewed 3 days ago

not only is the Natural Bridges State Beach beautiful in its own right, but watch the tide chart and at low tide, climb on the rocks and see some gorgeous tide pools with amazing sea life in them.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a beautiful destination anytime, but especially compelling when the Monarchs fill the grove. Well worth the trip to see the over-wintering butterflies in the eucalyptus grove. Stop by the visitor information building first, as you'll learn a lot about the Monarchs and their...More

Thank Laurie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid $10 to park inside the lot near the visitor center but there’s lots of free parking if you don’t mind walking. The view from the overlook is nice and a great photo opportunity. From the visitor center you can start the Monarch Trail...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a beautiful sandy beach at Natural Bridges, as well as a picnic area and wooden boardwalk to look for the monarch butterflies in October!

Thank phyllis t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty little beach and park area nestled in to the end of west cliff drive. Perfect location to watch a sunset. If you happen to visit in the fall....October especially...then you wont want to miss the monarch trail. Thousands of monarch butterflies...More

Thank sarahsbeach7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here are tips for Natural Bridges Beach 1. Do get down to the beach and see the natural bridge from the beach. it’s a great view 2. There is a vista point if you do not want to go down in sand 3. West Cliff...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My hubby and I came here for a beach walk! It's a great place for a beach walk and offers beautiful views of the beach and Pacific Ocean from the bluff above.

Thank LisaandRod93013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a few hours at the Natural Bridges State Beach. Wander around down the beach to get different angles of the natural bridges. Watch for the tide pools, they offer something different every wave. Take the monarch trail during the season! Certainly worthwhile and hard...More

Thank Darcy D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by this beach to look at the natural bridge and the tide pools. The beach was not crowded at the time (late aug) but it was also a bit too cold for swimming. It was nice for the kids to look at the...More

Thank Clara L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is really nice and peaceful. The sunset is really beautiful here and it’s a nice place to relax.

Thank Jairo R
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28 March 2016|
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Response from Monica_Riehl | Reviewed this property |
Temperatures change in Santa Cruz at the drop of a hat. Mornings are usually chilly and foggy but warm and clear by noon. Check out last year's almanac for rain patterns but July had some very warm/hot days after 1p.m. I... More
22 November 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
I think so & if not, just park on Delaware Ave. & walk in the back entrance for free! No locked gate to the Monarch walkway or beach.
7 October 2015|
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Response from bil1026 | Reviewed this property |
Tides: just go...ogle tides [d o t] info Santa Cruz Butterflies: A few, but not many until after Thanksgiving and the first cold snap. You might still see some humpbacks from the cliffs at the UCSC Marine Discovery Center... More